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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-20 19:16
Wie das Feuer zwischen uns
Romance Elements: Wie das Feuer zwischen... Romance Elements: Wie das Feuer zwischen uns - Brittainy C. Cherry

12,90 €

 
 
 

LYX

PAPERBACK

LIEBESROMANE

383 SEITEN

ALTERSEMPFEHLUNG: AB 16 JAHREN

ERSTERSCHEINUNG: 21.07.2017

 

 

 

Es gab einmal einen Jungen, den ich liebte.

 

 

Logan Francis Silverstone und ich waren das komplette Gegenteil. Ich tanzte, er stand still. Er brachte kein Wort heraus, ich hörte nie auf zu reden. Er konnte sich kaum ein Lächeln abringen, während ich zu keinem einzigen finsteren Blick fähig war. 

 

Doch in der Nacht, als er mir die Dunkelheit zeigte, die in ihm tobte, konnte ich nicht wegsehen. 

 

Wir waren beide zerbrochen und zusammen doch irgendwie ganz. Alles an uns war falsch, und doch fühlte es sich irgendwie richtig an. 

Bis zu dem Tag, als ich ihn verlor. 

 

Es gab einmal einen Jungen, den ich liebte. 

 

Und ich glaube, ein paar Atemzüge lang, für einige wenige Momente liebte er mich auch. 

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Ich habe vor einigen Monaten ja den 1. Teil dieser Reihe, Wie die Luft zum Atmen, gelesen und dieses tolle Buch zu einem meiner Jahreshighlights erwählt und war daher sehr auf den 2. Teil gespannt. 

 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir wieder sehr gut gelungen, der Schreibstil der Autorin ist auch einfach nur toll. 

 

Man erlebt erst einmal das Kennenlernen von Logan und Alyssa, die von der Herkunft nicht unterschiedlicher sein könnten. Logan hat eine sehr schwierige Kindheit mit drogensüchtiger Mutter, die ständig von Logans Vater misshandelt wird und dem gegenüber Alyssa aus gutem Hause und doch kommt es dazu, dass die beiden sich verlieben, auch wenn Logan nur schwerlich Gefühle zulassen kann. 

 

Nach einer verhängnisvollen Nacht geht die Geschichte im zweiten Teil fünf Jahre später weiter. 

 

Die Autorin hat es aber geschafft, den Schmerz der Hauptprotagonisten teilweise so gut zu beschreiben, dass ich selbst ein beklemmendes Gefühl bekommen habe. Das ist schon eine Leistung, würde ich behaupten. 

 

Mir hat dieses Buch auch wieder sehr gut gefallen, aber an den 1. Teil kommt es für mich nicht heran. Die Charaktere sind hier wesentlich jünger und auch die Geschichte an sich konnte mich nicht ganz so fesseln wie im vorigen Teil. Was mir hier auch nicht so gut gefallen hat, war Folgendes: Im Verlauf der Geschichte ist doch manches in Richtung Klischee abgerutscht, daher würde ich einen halben Stern abziehen. 

 

Alles in allem war dies aber wieder eine tolle Liebesgeschichte, für die ich eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung geben kann. Ich freue mich jetzt schon wahnsinnig auf den 3. Teil, von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. 

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COYER Summer Reading List | August Readathon!
COYER is a reading challenge hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading, Berls @ Fantasy is more fun, and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!
COYER stands for "Clean out your e-reads."  And typically the goal is to read from all the freebies or low priced books you've collected in the past on your e-readers.

But for this summer duration of June 17th to September 8th, our hosts are throwing out the normal rules!

Click on this link to sign up or read about COYER Summer 2017.
My COYER Summer Reading List summary page.



For those of us participating in the Summer Reading List part of this summer's COYER Challenge, our hosts have announced three different readathons for each month of the challenge:

 

  • Read-a-thon Dates are
    • June 25th – July 2nd ~ read only ebooks
    • July 23rd to July 30th ~ read only physical books
    • August 20th to August 27th ~ read only audio and ebooks


And we're starting another COYER readathon!  As stated above, this will be audio and e-books only, and since I don't really have any obligations for this week, I will do my utmost best to dive into some of my e-books on this list.  I've been caught distracted the past few days and so am kind of stuck in a book I'm not all that interested in.  Chances are, I'll end up either dropping it, or putting it on hold.  Fortunately, it's not one of my COYER books; although, I DID go to the trouble of driving out to the library and picking it up...

 


I am currently reading Behind the Scenes, at a slow-going pace, but not because the book isn't good.  A lot of things have been going on lately.  I need to focus, but it's not entirely easy.

Meanwhile, I've randomly selected a few other books on my list to move onto once I finish Behind the Scenes.  All three are novellas, totaling less than two hundred pages each, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to breeze three all of them.

This should be the easier COYER thon to participate in, considering there are no crossover challenges I'm dealing with at the same time.  But somehow, I'm having doubts about my reading habits these past few days.

We'll see how it all goes.

 

 

Ani's COYER Summer Reading List


See Also: COYER Summer Reading List @ GR
See Also: COYER Summer Reading List current review link-up page
Progress:  19 books read

 

  1. Going Rogue by Robin Benway
  2. Secret Agent Secretary by Melissa Cutler -- 6/29/2017
  3. Hot on the Hunt by Melissa Cutler -- 7/8/2017
  4. Behind the Scenes by Natalie J. Damschroder
  5. Secrets by Cynthia Eden
  6. Suspicions by Cynthia Eden
  7. The Manhattan Encounter by Addison Fox -- 6/25/2017
  8. Hot Mess by Lynn Raye Harris
  9. Hot Package by Lynn Raye Harris
  10. SEAL's Honor by Elle James
  11. On the Loose by Tara Janzen -- 7/27/2017
  12. Cutting Loose by Tara Janzen -- 7/29/2017
  13. The Mysterious Twin by Leona Karr -- 6/23/2017
  14. Cold Memory by Leslie A. Kelly -- 7/31/2017
  15. Pushing the Lines by Kimberly Kincaid -- 6/27/2017
  16. Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid
  17. Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh
  18. Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell -- 7/9/2017
  19. The First Victim by J.B. Lynn
  20. Thicker Than Water by Maggie Shayne -- 8/9/2017
  21. The Littlest Cowboy by Maggie Shayne
  22. The Law of Attraction by N.M. Silber -- DNF'd on 7/20/2017
  23. Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
  24. Heat Wave anthology - Stephanie Bond, Heidi Betts, Leslie Kelly -- 7/27/2017
  25. That's Amore anthology - Janelle Denison, Tori Carrington, Leslie Kelly
  26. Bare Essentials duo-story anthology - Jill Shalvis, Leslie Kelly -- 8/14/2017
  27. Night Driving by Lori Wilde
  28. Smooth Sailing by Lori Wilde
  29. Crash Landing by Lori Wilde
  30. Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

 



The Add Five After Reading Five List:

(Added on 7/8/2017)

  1. Loose and Easy by Tara Janzen -- 8/1/2017
  2. Breaking Loose by Tara Janzen -- 8/4/2017
  3. Loose Ends by Tara Janzen -- 8/6/2017
  4. Ghost Horse by Patricia Rosemoor
  5. Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood


(Added on 7/29/2017)

  1. Dear Maggie by Brenda Novak
  2. Just Past Midnight by Amanda Stevens
  3. The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis -- 8/15/2017
  4. One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis -- 8/17/2017
  5. Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis


(Added on 8/9/2017)

  1. One Night With Her Boss by Noelle Adams -- 8/14/2017
  2. Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayers
  3. Hit and Run by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
  4. Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London
  5. Her Special Alpha by Paige Tyler

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/coyer-summer-reading-list-august.html
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review 2017-08-19 21:15
Brief Thoughts: One Snowy Night (novella)
One Snowy Night: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella - Jill Shalvis,Karen White

One Snowy Night
by Jill Shalvis
audio book narrated by Karen White
Heartbreaker Bay #2.5 (novella)

 

 

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years.  Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options.  She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too.  But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.



One Snowy Night was a potentially sweet and fun little romance, with a road trip in snowy weather, and some thought-provoking ideas about forgiveness, change, growing up... the works.  Rory and Max were both nice characters, although they don't really stand out all that well.  Rory is the typical, down-on-her-luck girl, who has had a rough go of things, who is trying to get her life back together and make amends with her past.  Max is Standard Broody Alpha Male #1, who is also letting things in his past influence his decisions in present day.

To be honest, the conflict between Rory and Max was a rather legit, realistic issue.  The biggest problem that I kept seeing was that the two didn't know how to talk to each other.  Max is pissed at Rory for some reason, Rory has secrets she doesn't want to talk about.  And thus, it makes for a very lonely, and quiet car ride, when neither of the two want to talk at all about anything.

I got a little frustrated when Rory realized that something big was bugging Max that had to do with their high school years.  He didn't want to talk about it, and so Rory decided that she wouldn't ask him, despite the fact that she really wanted to find out why Max had a chip on his shoulder about her.  And thus, that carried on for a bit of time and made me roll my eyes.

Because, yes, let's just NOT talk about what the problem is and let it fester while the two of you drive for a few hours together in the wintry blizzard.

My feelings of relief was palpable when some nice old couple gave Rory the tip that she needed to look to the past to figure out how to fix her present.  I probably would have just told her that she just needed to learn to talk to Max, and vice versa, but I guess the old lady put it in a more worldly way.

Anyway, this is a cute little romance, probably not something I'd come back to.

Unless there's more of Carl, the big and goofy doberman to see; now HE was probably the best part of the book!

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/brief-thoughts-one-snowy-night-novella.html
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review 2017-08-19 21:08
Quick Thoughts: The Trouble with Mistletoe
The Trouble with Mistletoe: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel - Jill Shalvis,Karen White

The Trouble with Mistletoe
by Jill Shalvis
audio book narrated by Karen White
Book 2 of Heartbreaker Bay

 

 

If she has her way . . .

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand.  He needs a kitty sitter, stat.  But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands.  But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again?  It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .



If it's one thing I've come to understand, it's that Jill Shalvis books are charming even when you find them frustrating.

The Trouble with Mistletoe had an interesting premise to work from, however, you could readily tell that it wasn't something meant to be drawn out.  Keeping Keane in the dark about why Willa was always angry at him could have gotten out of hand, or it could have been an interesting twist; except that particular conflict was resolved quite early in the book that made me rather glad.  I figured it was kind of nice that Willa and Keane managed to take the adult way out and let the past go--after all, when you're young, you do stupid things that you might regret in the future.  And at least Keane was a good enough person to feel chagrined about being a jerk when he was a teenager.  And Willa was gracious enough to forgive and move on.

But then we come to a sort of "second half" of the contemporary romance... and things start getting frustrating.

To be honest, what I'd worried about for the first half, actually ended up happening in the second half of this romance.

Basically, there was a lot of wishy-washy, back-and-forth with these two, and it got to a point where I don't even know what either Keane or Willa wanted from each other.  I'm not even sure they knew what they wanted with each other, or themselves, or their own lives in general.  The same conflict kept getting dredged up in monologue about each other's inability to commit... or no, this is about the other person's inability to commit... but wait, it's about his/her own concerns about committing...

And it just kept going on like that:  "This is a very bad idea.  But let's have sex anyway."  "We're not doing this anymore... okay, maybe one more time.  But it's a bad idea."  "But you don't want attachments!"  "Wait, no, I guess it's me--I can't do attachments."  "But you said you don't get attached."

After the third time, it got old.

Meanwhile, I found myself also a bit frustrated with the side characters as well.  The last thing you ever want when you're going through a conflicting romance is for friends to be nosy, especially if they're also going to be nosy, interfering, disruptive, and unhelpful.  And while it might have seemed like a comedic insert for Willa's girl friends to be the nosy, interfering, disruptive, and unhelpful lot... it actually kind of got annoying.

Except for Rory.  I liked Rory--she was nosy, but she was also really sincere.  And Archer was pretty cool, too--he wasn't nosy, he wasn't interfering, and he wasn't disruptive; he wasn't really helpful either, but at least he offered to beat Keane up if Willa needed him to, no questions asked.  The rest of Willa's friends felt like they were there just for sheer entertainment.

Keane's staff was also a bit annoying as well.

And then, true to Jill Shalvis form, some tangential conflicts are introduced that are never properly resolved, such as Keane's relationship with his parents--you get a back story, you get frustration from him, you get a teaser... and that's it.

But as I'd stated before, as frustrating as this book got, it still managed to be charming somehow.  Keane's kitty-sitting adventure was certainly sweet and fun; Petunia was a typical Queen Cat, and totally makes you smile.  There's even a brief appearance of a small puppy with paws larger than his own head, and the scenes were super adorable.

This was a mediocre Jill Shalvis work, at best.  Still charming, but I can see where people may not enjoy it.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/quick-thoughts-trouble-with-mistletoe.html
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Country House Mystery book choice?
The Decagon House Murders - Soji Shimada,Yukito Ayatsuji,Ho-Ling Wong

I stumbled across The Decagon House Murders, and after reading the summary, it reminded me of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.  It seems that this book is definitely based on the aforementioned novel, and has a lot of great critique.

 

I'm thinking this book would be an interesting pick for Country House Mystery.  And maybe Locked Room Mystery as well?  

 

I read And Then There Were None for the locked room square last year.  So I figure that a book based on in would also count.

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